During LASIK Eye Surgery
Preparations for LASIK Eye Surgery: You should arrive at the New Vision Laser Center as rested and relaxed as possible. You can have some light food before the procedure, if you like. You should allow 2 hours at the Laser Center. Wear comfortable clothing. Do not wear makeup, earrings, hair spray, perfume or cologne on the day of your laser procedure.
You will need to have someone drive you home. You can also take an auto or taxi to go home.
Different Steps during LASIK eye surgery
You will be asked to sign the informed consent and arrange for payment for your procedure.
You can meet with your surgeon to discuss any further questions.
We’ll use anesthetic drops to numb your eye.
After we administer the numbing drops, we’ll take you into the laser suite. By the way, you can view the laser equipment before the numbing drops are used. Your relatives or friends can view the procedure on a Closed Circuit TV arrangement.
If you are having LASIK Eye Surgery (Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis), then you need to understand the following:
As LASIK is slightly more surgical in nature, sterile surgical conditions are maintained.
- Your face is cleaned with a disinfectant.
- You wear a surgical cap.
- Your eyelashes are taped out of the way and an eyelid holder is put in your eye to prevent blinking.
In the LASIK eye surgery procedure, a small flap is made in the cornea. To hold your eye in position while the flap is being made, we use what’s called a suction ring. You will not see anything or feel any pain, but you may feel some pressure, while the flap is made. When the flap is turned over your vision will get a little blurry. You are asked to fixate on a red target light.
The laser part of the procedure is performed and takes 1-2 minutes. The flap is placed back into position and the surgeon will wait 3 to 5 minutes for the eye to create a natural vacuum to hold the flap down. The typical LASIK procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye.
Once your lasik eye surgery procedure is done, you will be able to go home within half an hour. First we place some additional drops into your eyes
and we’ll give you instructions on use of your medications. The surgeon will also give your eyes one final look beforesending you on your way.
Watch a video of LASIK eye surgery being performed by Dr. Rupal Shah below.